Continuing to impress yet again, Karl Lagerfeld successfully showcased the typical and modernized bourgeoisie French woman.
To accommodate for Karl Lagerfield’s love of brasseries in Paris, and the traditional designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the designer staged 97 looks at his F/W ’15 bistro and café setting, dubbed “Brasserie Gabrielle” to reflect the traditional French fashion with a twist. “These are clothes for lunch and dinner,” asserted Lagerfeld, who made sure models completed their runway strut with a visit to the brasserie for the typical croissant or a café au lait. Lagerfeld created the classic Chanel tweed suit in a more modern, embellished and structured style, and emphasized his designs through the use of dark colors of black, burgundy and navy, while contrasting that with the slight use of beige, soft pink, white and violet to bring a volatile aesthetic to his collection. The styled silhouettes remained balanced between tradition and modernity; checkered coats, softly patterned knit dresses and turtleneck sweaters added a conservative nature to the show; while embellished Peter Pan collars, sheer dress shirts, latex midi skirts and sequined coats with crystal embroideries illustrated a more modern role of the typical French woman. Almost all looks were staged on a single style of shoe; the typical 1950’s two-toned, mid-heeled slingback. Bags of various sizes covered the runway, mostly embellished in soft metallic fabrics, tweed or silver embellishments, and were exhibited in oversized clutches as well. Jewelry, such as metallic brooches, statement gold belts and beaded long necklaces, adorned the models. Finally, headbands covered the models’ short updos to emphasize an elegant twist to the classical French woman.